Diverse, bold offerings for new season

By: Heidi Ulrichsen - Sudbury Northern Life

 | Apr 17, 2014 - 4:24 PM |
Brian Koivu, president of Sudbury Theatre Centre's board of directors, shows off promotional material for its 2014-2015 season. Photo by Arron Pickard.

Brian Koivu, president of Sudbury Theatre Centre's board of directors, shows off promotional material for its 2014-2015 season. Photo by Arron Pickard.

Everything from comedy to musical theatre to serious drama

It's for good reason that Sudbury Theatre Centre's 2014-2015 season is being billed as “colourful.”

Education co-ordinator Judy Straughan said the theatre's offerings in its 42nd season are diverse and bold. “It's not a season of pastels, is it?” she said, speaking at the April 17 season launch.

The theatre is offering an expanded program of seven main stage plays this coming season, up from the five presented in previous years.

“I think they're in for a treat with every single play,” Straughan said.

Family friendly productions include “The Rocky Horror Show” (Sept. 25-Oct. 18), a comic musical salute to B horror movies, and “Dorothy's Return to Oz” (Nov. 20-Dec. 20), where Dorothy and Toto follow the yellow brick road once more.

The theatre also delves into more serious topics in “Mourning Dove” (Jan. 22-Feb. 1, 2015), exploring the issues arising from the Robert Latimer case and in “Red” (March 26-April 4, 2015), which explores the life of abstract painter Mark Rothko.

If you're looking for a laugh, head to “A Brimful of Asha” (Feb. 24-March 1, 2015), featuring a real-life mother and son talking about culture clash, or “In Piazza San Domenico” (April 23-May 15, 2015), a comedy of errors set in Italy.

“In Piazza San Domenico” is sponsored by Northern Life.

Also new with the coming season, Sudbury Theatre Centre is adding to its education programs with the introduction of vocal classes for kids and teens.

They'll be taught by the classically trained Kelly Perras, who said she'll teach everything from classic rock to country to blues to hip-hop. “We really wanted to give the kids a good cross-section of what's out there,” Perras said.

The theatre is also making its tickets more affordable.

Instead of having student pricing, discounted tickets will now be available to all those under the age of 30.

Discounted seniors' tickets are now available to those over the age of 60 instead of 65.

With the retirement of artistic director David Savoy last month, Sudbury Theatre Centre is currently in the process of hiring someone to replace him.

Straughan said she hopes someone will be in place by early summer. The new artistic director will be introduced to the public at a Sept. 11 reception.

For more information, visit www.sudburytheatre.ca.
Heidi Ulrichsen

Heidi Ulrichsen

Staff Writer


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